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Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 15 Jan 2015 05:00 am

From USA Today:

A 132-year-old rifle was the last thing Great Basin National Park officials were expecting to wander across.

There are still a lot of questions around the discovery of a Winchester Model 1873 Rifle recovered by Great Basin National Park archaeologists in November 2014.

The rifle had been “exposed to the sun, wind, snow and rain” and was found leaning against a tree in the park. The stock’s wood was cracked and the gun has been extremely weathered. The barrel has rusted to the point of nearly camouflaging it as it tilted against the tree.

More at the link. Unless they can prove that it belonged to someone famous, it really has no monetary value. There are plenty of those from that period around.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 13 Jan 2015 05:31 am

Don’t know what they’ll cost, but they celebrate the NH Fish and Game Department. From their website:

In observance of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s 150th anniversary in 2015, two New Hampshire firearms manufacturers have created limited edition guns engraved with the Fish and Game 150th anniversary logo and an exclusive serial number. Only 150 of these collectable guns will be manufactured.

A portion of all sales of the commemorative firearms will benefit the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire, N.H. Fish and Game’s nonprofit partner. In addition, proceeds from each of the guns with serial number 001 will go to the Foundation.

One is a Ruger .308 bolt action rifle, the other is from LHR Sporting Arms and is a .50 muzzleloader. Check them out.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 06 Jan 2015 08:05 am

I was just reading this story and it occurred to me that it’s really only in the last few years that there has been a spate of suicides at gun ranges. Up until then, ranges were some of the safest places you could be. Is it just the general depression that seems to be increasing in society, or is there more to it than that?

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 31 Dec 2014 06:13 am

With all the talk about cop-cams, seems that someone had a similar idea long ago:

This revolver-camera from 1930s New York may have been ahead of its time in terms of law enforcement transparency. The Colt 38 was specially manufactured to shoot a film still every time the trigger was pulled. Not much else is known about the contraption, and the only photographs left of it are housed in the Netherlands’ National Archive.

Since the ‘30s, a variety of firearm-camera inventions have followed. This February 1938 issue of Modern Mechanix details a “new compact motion picture camera” meant for law enforcement use. “The camera is set in action by a slight pressure on the revolver trigger, independent of the firing of the weapon,” explains the article titled “Camera On Policeman’s Revolver Snaps Evidence.”

More at the link.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 20 Dec 2014 04:13 am

From the Houston Chronicle:

As a 12-year-old in 1958, Mike Clark bought an antique revolver for $45 at a gun show. He sold it almost immediately when someone offered to buy it from him as he left the building.

“I made a profit of $25 in three minutes, and I thought about how many yards I’d have to cut to make that,’” Clark said. “From then on I was buying and selling guns.”

Clark founded Collectors Firearms in Houston in 1975. Originally housed in a 500-square-foot stall in a shopping plaza, the store gradually spread in almost every direction.

Today the store near Fondren and Richmond includes 26,000 square feet of space, some 10,000 rifles and handguns, and collectibles like military uniforms and medals.

Read the whole thing.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 03 Dec 2014 06:22 am

Another very good article by the resident gun nut at Ars Technica can be found here. Plenty of sweet gun porn, too.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 03 Dec 2014 06:10 am

From the BBC:

The Russian manufacturer of the AK-47 assault rifle has unveiled a new look for its guns, as well as a new logo, at a glitzy event in Moscow.

The company is also branching out into fashion, launching a line of branded survival gear.

The firm, which relies heavily on the export market, is among the targets of Western sanctions imposed over Russia’s role in the Ukraine conflict.

The Kalashnikov, or AK-47, is one of the world’s most recognizable weapons.

Here’s a photo from AFP:

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 06 Nov 2014 06:40 am

Why is that a big deal, or even needed? Here’s why:

Michael Crumling, a 25-year-old machinist from Pennsylvania in the United States, has developed a round designed specifically to be fired from 3D printed guns. His ammunition uses a thicker steel shell with a lead bullet inserted an inch inside, deep enough that the shell can contain the explosion of the round’s gunpowder instead of transferring that force to the plastic body or barrel of the gun. Crumling says that allows a home-printed firearm made from even the cheapest materials to be fired again and again without cracking or deformation. And while his design isn’t easily replicated because the rounds must be individually machined for now, it may represent another step towards durable, practical, printed guns-even semi-automatic ones.

More at the link.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 15 Oct 2014 05:28 am

A real must for the millionaires who already own the TrackingPoint rifle, now there’s some cool shades to go with it:

You can shoot from completely protected positions behind trees or around corners when it’s necessary to remain unexposed to the target.

ShotGlass can record everything you see and say. You don’t need to clamp a GoPro® to your hat anymore. ShotGlass videos download directly to your smart phone for sharing with friends, family, and social media.

Friends or family can wear ShotGlass while you are shooting. They can see exactly what you see, and share your experience. A father can mentor his son by guiding him to the proper whitetail. A professional hunter sees exactly what target his client is engaging and can direct the client to the desired target and point of impact. In battle, a spotter wears ShotGlass to direct his sniper to the target in real-time under high stress.

Photo from the TrackingPoint website:

More information at Ars Technica. Pretty spiffy!

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 04 Sep 2014 07:12 am

From Israel Defense:

IWI has launched “Dan”, a new sniper rifle designed and developed by veteran Olympic target shooter and firearms specialist Nehemiah Sirkis. The new rifle is chambered for the .338 caliber, it weighs 6.9 kilograms and is intended for the law enforcement and military market as well as for the commercial (private ownership) market in the USA. The effective range of the new rifle is 1,200 meters and it includes Picatinni rails and an option for a suppressor (silencer). The rifle uses a bolt-action loading mechanism.

[ . . . ]

It is expected that the new sniper rifle will be offered in 7.62mm (.308) caliber as well in the near future. Regarding the .338 ammunition, it is not currently available to most military organizations, but it is undergoing development, including development by Israel Military Industries (IMI).

The rifle is already available to civilians in the U.S.

I have a fondness for bolt action rifles, having grown-up with them. Plus, with high-powered ammo, if the SHTF, it’s nice to have the ability to really reach out and, er, touch someone.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 05 Aug 2014 04:58 am

Looking for a new “coffee table book” to impress visitors? Photographer Herlinde Koelbl’s Targets looks interesting. He traveled the world, photographing the targets used by various military and law enforcement units. You can see samples from the book here at Wired.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 16 Jul 2014 06:46 am

You can enter here. You just have to put up with their emails.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 26 Jun 2014 07:13 am

Some pro-gun folks fall for these, too.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 26 Jun 2014 07:02 am

The LASER sighting manufacturer, and how it became the leader in the industry.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 22 Jun 2014 05:05 am

Better have the defibrillator handy because you’ll need to be shocked, shocked I tell you, when you learn that — aside from a couple of negative quotes by Josh Sugarman — this is a very good article about kids and guns:

Throughout the region, junior shooting programs with names such as “The Projectiles” and “The Hot Shots” are generally open to children age 10 and up. The ranges are packed with boys and, increasingly, girls.

Shooting appeals to young people for unexpected reasons; the sport is unlike the standard competitive fare offered at most of their schools, they say, and measures their individual skill in ways that team play does not.

Many parents of young shooters like it, too. Not only do the demands of target practice improve their children’s focus, they say, but the programs demand a high level of personal responsibility. There are no-exceptions safety rules on the range. And youths are routinely asked at some clubs to bring in their report cards — good grades can be a condition of participation.

It’s a lengthy but worthy read and profiles several kids and their families involved in the shooting sports.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 21 Jun 2014 08:53 pm

Since I have their adjustable, National Match trigger on my GMDI AR-15:

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 18 Jun 2014 01:57 am

And naturally, they make it a liberal vs conservative thing. With handy, interactive map at the link. They make a mistake, though, in that they use ATF numbers for FFL’s, and many of those FFL holders don’t really have store fronts, but just operate small time out of their homes with very limited hours or by appointment only.

Gun Stuff and TechnologyJeff Soyer on 03 Jun 2014 12:02 am

A very interesting interview with the 3D printed gun designer over at ARN. Here’s a sample:

Q: How do you address opposition to what you’re doing and people who point to the shootings in Newtown, Conn. and say what you’re doing will just make it worse?

Wilson: We can play a numbers game… but, if you argue from principle, freedom is scary. If you want to talk about rights, what does it mean to respect a civil liberty or civil right? Well, it means you understand there are social costs in having that right; that’s why it deserves protection in the first place.

That’s why these people are not practicing civil libertarians to say we should prohibit a whole class of activity because there’s a certain amount of violence or deaths that might happen. This is the cost of freedom.

Q: So, do you think there should be any regulations around the printing of 3D printed guns?

Wilson: No, I’m definitely not concerned with regulating it. In fact, I’m daring people to try. These 3D printers are general use technologies and software agnostic. It’s been amazing watching the United States and other state and municipal governments try to deal with it. All we’ve seen so far is outright bans like in the city of Philadelphia. Well, that’s not very useful and it’s not going to work.

Much more at the link.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 02 Jun 2014 10:16 pm

Massad Ayoob notices that he shoots better in matches with a compact Glock than a full sized one.

Gun StuffJeff Soyer on 29 May 2014 11:06 pm

A court recently ruled that such standard capacity magazines are something new. Dave Kopel and company point out that, in fact, they’ve been around for centuries.

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